Pear Perfect - 5 Ways to Use Pears
Most Bartlett and Comice pears that you see at your local farmers' markets in the Bay Area come from Courtland and Clarksburg located in the Sacramento River Delta growing region; Lakeport and Kelseyville in the Lake County pear growing district; and Ukiah in the Mendocino growing district. There are even pears growing in the Alhambra Valley of Martinez. These small family farms have been producing pears for several generation and together these growing areas produce approximately 150,000 tons of pears each year. Take these luscious pears and create some truly delicious recipes using California pears. As the Greek philosopher Homer once said, pears are a "gift from the gods."
- Pear and Cheese Salad: Toss sliced Bartlett or Comice pears, mixed salad greens, walnut pieces, blue cheese (or goat cheese), and sliced red onion with a mix of seasoned balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
- Cheesy Baguette: Toast baguette slices, brush with olive oil and a sprinkling of salt. Top with sliced pears and Gorgonzola cheese.
- Appetizers: Make a cheese, nut, and fruit platter with sliced pears, grapes, sliced apples and mild cheeses such as brie and jack, Swiss, and Gouda. Serve with a fruity wine.
- Chicken Pear Sandwich: Add chopped pears and chopped nuts to your chicken salad mixture. Pile onto whole wheat toast.
- Roasted Pears and Ice Cream: Cut thick slices of pears and lay on a baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with brown sugar and roast at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or so, until sugar is melted and pears are soft. Add pears to a scoop of vanilla ice cream - sweet!